Gregor Henze
Professor • RASEI Fellow • Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Chair • NREL Joint Professor • Professional Engineer
Building Systems Engineering • Civil Systems

Office: ECCE 246A and SEEC N330 (RASEI)


  • PhD in Civil Engineering (Building Systems), University of Colorado Boulder, 1995.
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 1991.
  • Dipl.-Ing. (Diplom-Ingenieur) in mechanical engineering, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, 1992

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology, and Innovation at CSIRO in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia 2022
  • RASEI Associate Director for Energy Systems for the Built Environment 2017-2021
  • Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Chair 2017
  • University of Colorado Architectural Engineering Appreciation Award 2015
  • University of Colorado CEAE Department Service Award 2014
  • Endowed Lewis-Worcester Faculty Fellowship 2014-2018
  • Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) 2013 Conference Best Paper Award
  • University of Colorado CEAE Department Distinguished Achievement Award 2012
  • Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Research and Commercialization Award 2011
  • University of Colorado CEAE Department Research Development Award 2011
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) Founding Fellow and Executive Committee Member 2010
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering Holling Family Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovative Use of Instructional Technology 2006
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering Holling Family Teaching Award 2006
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award 2006
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): Best Paper Award, Interna­tional Solar Energy Conference 2004, Portland, Oregon.
  • UNL College of Engineering Faculty Fellowship for 2003 and 2004
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): Best Paper Award, Na­tional Solar Energy Conference 2002, Reno, Nevada
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE): New Investiga­tor Award for the year 2001 (one per year)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): Best Paper Award, Interna­tional Solar Energy Conference 1996, San Antonio, Texas
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas: Winner of Energy Predictor Shootout II in team ef­fort with Robert H. Dodier, 1995
  • William Fulbright Scholarship for graduate study at Oregon State University 1990 – 1991

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Building Performance Simulation Association
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers
  • VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure): International member TGA (Building Energy Systems)


  • Building-to-grid integration
  • Model-based predictive optimal control and model-free reinforcement learning control of building energy systems and building thermal mass
  • Model-based benchmarking of building operational performance
  • Whole-building fault detection and diagnosis
  • Building occupancy detection using distributed sensor belief networks
  • Design and control strategies for mixed-mode buildings that incorporate both natural and mechanical ventilation
  • Low-exergy building energy systems for continental climates
  • Zero energy buildings
  • Time series prediction and forecasting
  • Distributed generation systems